Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Reid has returned from Houston, where he was visiting his mother who is in a new facility on an experimental drug program. He is called back home from the office while the rest of the team ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Damon Gupton ... Stephen Walker
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Jane Lynch ... Diana Reid
Joyce Guy Joyce Guy ... M.E. Joan Grayson
Eric Henry ... Bryce Jarvis
Beth Maitland ... Eleanor Parsons
Angela Robinson Witherspoon ... Cassie Campbell
Will Finley ... Mike Bollinger
Andy Cohen ... Kevin Hilliard


Reid has returned from Houston, where he was visiting his mother who is in a new facility on an experimental drug program. He is called back home from the office while the rest of the team heads off on their next case. It isn't until the team is in the air that they learn that Diana is no longer in the Houston facility, but that she is now living with Reid, as the trial drug was not having the intended effect. Reid had received professional advice that his mother should be in a facility both for her and his own good, but it may be news from a more caring rather than clinical voice which may carry more weight with him. Regardless, he makes himself available to the team, who are in the Tampa, Florida area where two individual deaths have occurred, both now considered murders, the two tied together by ink drawings on the inner arms of the victims, the second victim's whose has one more stroke of the pen than the first. The M.E. is able to determine that the markings were made with the ... Written by Huggo

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1 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The song heard at the end, Amanda's Song, is performed by Jason Koiter, post-production supervisor. See more »


The aerial shot of Tampa, Florida near the beginning is actually Orlando, Florida, looking west south west. The lake in the center of the shot is Lake Eola. This isn't the first time Orlando has been used as a generic city in Florida. Criminal Minds: Future Perfect featured Orlando as St. Augustine. See more »


Diana Reid: Destroying a book is like... destroying a whole world
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Featured in Criminal Minds: Spencer (2017) See more »


Amanda's Song
Performed by Jason Koiter
[Played at the end of the episode]
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More suffering with Reid
6 August 2017 | by cpritchardSee all my reviews

The Reid story line was already hackneyed and tired before we got here. It's just getting worse. There's no reason they have to keep this up, but they are wasting what appears to be the last season of this show. And if it's not the last season? It's not for want of effort to destroy the show by its producers. Love the characters...hate the "Arc". Go back to solving heinous crimes, folks.

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